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The Center for Obesity, Assessment, Study and Treatment (COAST) is a multidisciplinary research center whose mission is to reduce the prevalence and adverse consequences of obesity, to seek and advance knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms by which stress influences obesity, and to develop effective interventions. COAST brings together clinical and translational researchers, including 30 members from across the UCSF campus from departments and divisions such as the Departments of Psychiatry, Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, Adolescent Medicine, Physiological Nursing, Family Health Care Nursing, Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Graduate Program, Neuroscience Graduate Program.

Working in interdisciplinary teams, COAST investigates the influence of psychosocial stressors on metabolism, eating behavior and nutrition, physical activity, fat distribution, and weight gain trajectories throughout the life course of diverse populations. COAST tests translational research concepts spanning basic science, epidemiologic, and intervention studies, which include measurement and analysis of food and physical activity environments. COAST also provides technical expertise in the measurements of dietary intake, eating behaviors, and multiple dimensions of stress (environmental, socioeconomic, psychosocial, and physiological). COAST has a successful monthly seminar series with around 30 attendees from across the campus. COAST has an annual symposium that has a high impact on the dissemination of knowledge. It is widely attended by Bay Area scientists from UCSF, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UC Davis and unites clinicians and scientists.

 

Mission Statement

Since 2004, the mission of UCSF's Center for Obesity Assessment, Study, and Treatment (COAST) is to reduce the prevalence and adverse consequences of obesity. We seek to advance knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms by which stress influences obesity, and to develop effective interventions.

Working in interdisciplinary teams, we investigate the influence of psychosocial stressors on metabolism, eating behavior and nutrition, physical activity, fat distribution, and weight gain trajectories throughout the life course of diverse populations. We test translational research concepts spanning basic science, epidemiologic, and intervention studies, which include measurement and analysis of food and physical activity environments.

COAST researchers are developing and implementing innovative strategies for achieving optimal weight status. We also provide technical expertise in the measurements of dietary intake, eating behaviors, and multiple dimensions of stress (environmental, socioeconomic, psychosocial, and physiological).
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